Is Rudy Running in '08?
Howard Fineman of Newsweek takes a look at whether Rudy Giuliani will run for President in 2008. Just the thought makes me cringe.
I hope he decides against it. He has nothing to offer except more of the same and worse than we've endured the last four years.
I'm not taking a Rudy candidacy seriously at this point. For one thing, he's touted as a social liberal (have they never looked at his civil liberties record as Mayor of New York?) because he has supported choice and gays in the past -- and that will make him unacceptable to hard core rightists.
More importantly, personal politics and ethics still count in the heartland and he'll never get past his Donna Hanover divorce issues and her allegations of infidelity and humiliation. His attempt to take credit for the drop in crime in New York will be revealed to be not his doing, but Bill Bratton's. Their long standing feud will play out. Rudy's support of Bernie Kerik for HSA chief will come back to haunt him and reflect poorly on his judgment when it comes to making cabinet appointments. Even many of the 9/11 victims don't support him.
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